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Social Problems Interactive eBook

Social Problems Interactive eBook
Community, Policy, and Social Action

Fifth Edition
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August 2015 | SAGE Publications, Inc
Empower your students to become part of the solution. With a clear and upbeat voice, this thought-provoking overview of social problems challenges readers to understand and recognize social problems in their communities and inspires them to become part of the solution. The Fifth Edition of this popular book goes beyond the typical presentation of contemporary social problems and their consequences by emphasizing the importance and effectiveness of community involvement to achieve real solutions. With an overarching focus on social inequalities and policy, this proven text provides a platform for discussion that encourages critical thinking and inspires hope.

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This dynamic Interactive eBook goes way beyond highlighting and note-taking! Your students can read their mobile-friendly eBook anywhere, anytime with easy access across desktop, smartphone, and tablet devices. Using the VitalSource Bookshelf® platform, they can download the book to a personal computer and read it offline, share notes and highlights with instructors and classmates who are using the same eBook, and “follow” friends and instructors as they make their own notes and highlights. By simply clicking on icons in the eBook, your students can experience a broad array of integrated multimedia resources including engaging video and audio, as well as access to relevant academic and professional articles.


Instructor Resource Site

SAGE edge select for Instructors supports teaching with quality content and a rich learning environment for students, featuring

  • Course Management System integration to make it easy for student test results and graded assignments to seamlessly flow into instructor gradebooks
  • Test banks built on Bloom’s Taxonomy to provide a diverse range of test items with Respondus test generation
  • Sample course syllabi with suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer flexibility when creating multimedia lectures
  • EXCLUSIVE access to full-text SAGE journal articles and readings that expose students to important research and scholarship tied to chapter concepts
  • All instructor materials and tools, which are easily integrated through a Course cartridge, also include

o    Learning objectives that reinforce the most important material

o    Lecture notes that summarize key concepts by chapter to help in lecture preparation and class discussions

o    Chapter activities for use in and out of the classroom

o    Chapter-specific discussion questions that prompt students to engage with the material while reinforcing important content

o    Web exercises, comprised of Web resources and critical thinking questions, which allow instructors to incorporate their knowledge of the chapter perspectives


Student Study Site

SAGE edge select for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Diagnostic pre-tests to identify opportunities for improvement, tying individual learning needs to chapter learning objectives

  • Personalized study plans with focused recommendations to address specific knowledge gaps and additional learning needs

  • Post-tests to track student progress and ensure mastery of key learning objectives

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards to strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts

  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes to encourage self-guided assessment and practice\Chapter-by-chapter video and multimedia content to enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics

  • EXCLUSIVE access to full-text SAGE journal articles and readings that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter

  • Chapter-by-chapter study questions to help with quiz and test preparation

  • Chapter-specific discussion questions to help launch classroom interaction and reinforce important content

  • Web exercises and meaningful links to facilitate use of Internet resources, further exploration of topics, and responses to critical thinking questions

Key features


  • Exploring Social Problems features offer a closer empirical examination of social problems like HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, minimum wage employment and health care access.
  • Sociology at Work features review the invaluable workplace skills that students will develop as a sociology major and presents the stories of sociology graduates who continue to rely on their sociological imaginations in their work.
  • Data updates throughout the text reflect the latest from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor, Department of Energy, UN, Pew and Gallup.
  • New scholarship is included in each chapter, ensuring a completely up-to-date and cutting edge study of social problems. Examples of new research in the Fifth Edition focus on: wealth and income inequality, racial profiling, diversity in children’s literature, intimate partner violence, teen birth rates, parental leave policies, flexible work hours, Americans without health insurance, e-cigarettes, hydraulic fracking and water shortages in California.
  • Current events, including immigration, living wage movement, same sex marriage and global terrorism, are highlighted throughout, helping students make connections between what they are reading and what is going on in the world around them.


  • The author presents four theoretical perspectives for each social problem: functionalist, conflict, feminist, and interactionist.
  • The text includes five chapters that focus on the bases of social inequality, and emphasizes how social class and poverty, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age and aging, contribute to our experience and understanding of social problems.
  • Throughout the text, the consequences of social problems throughout the world are highlighted, drawing upon data and research from international scholars and sociologists 
  • Each chapter includes a discussion on relevant social policies or programs and how individuals or groups have made a difference in their community.
  • The chapters include personal stories, from professionals in their field and from ordinary individuals who have accomplished extraordinary things.
  • More than most social problems texts, there is a strong focus on social policy, social action, and the significant social policy decisions and debates taking place in our society.

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